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The Last Place

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Last Legs
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Ode to Janice Melt
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The Long Goodbye
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Ex-Electric
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A Circus
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Feathered
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The Hunter
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I Think It's Gonna Happen
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Wonderland to Waterloo
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Open Your Eyes
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Pastoral
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Jayson Greene

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Jayson Greene is Senior Editor at Wondering Sound and a contributing writer and columnist at Pitchfork. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, GQ,...more »

06.10.11
Army Navy, The Last Place
2011 | Label: eMusic Selects

In 2008, the L.A. band Army Navy put out a minor classic in the determinedly minor subgenre of power pop. Insofar as it's even acknowledged to exist outside of the world of record store clerks, power pop is mostly music of misplaced nostalgia and helpless obsession, and it succeeds in no small part by how it manages to remind you of every other pop song you've ever loved. Army Navy's self-titled debut — sunny… read more »

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musicman0101

I really like it when a reviewer makes an accurate and thought provoking comparison between two artists. Likewise, it's infuriating when that comparison hits so wide of the mark that it causes an instant brain freeze. To compare Marvin Gaye with this cd is inaccurate at best. I'm a Marvin Gaye fan and I just don't hear it try as I may.

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Miss Badfinger?

ISINGTHEBODYECLECTIC

Some retro, some more modern powerchords a la The Smiths, The Lemonheads, the Hollies, etc. Great summer music.

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Ride, revisited

ejwernet

Honestly, this sounds like RIde all over again, and I mean that as a compliment. I agree with DREWBIE1, the "Marr-esque chiming guitars" are dead on. I am not bummed I downloaded this one, it will grow on me and I will probably recommend it soon. Thanks for the commitment eMusic.

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A power pop gem

drewbie1

Finest album I've heard this year, a brilliant blend of Californian pop hooks and 80s British indie sounds. Top class songwriting, Marr-esque chiming guitars, killer minor key harmonies, bottomless heartbreak from a big bruised heart. Different songs spring out as highlights the more you listen, The Last Goodbye being the most immediate, but the emotional core of the album lies in A Circus, Feathered and The Hunter, which perfectly sum up the mixture of anger, rejection and unrequited lust that lingers at the premature end of a love affair.

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Great album, growing on me play by play

bclayj

Nothing groundbreaking here, but solid hooks and nice pop songs all-around. Vocalist reminds me of Tommy Keene, which is a real plus.

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another hit record

midcoastmaine

I am an admitted power pop junkie, and when I foulnd the first Army Navy release a couple of years ago, I was thrilled to find an album that had nothing but great songs. That's rare! Doing it twice in a row is astronomically unlikely. But here it is. Really great stuff. A line from the Holies and Byrds and Love through REM,Teenage Fanclub and The Bats, straight to Death Cab for Cutie, Magic Numbers and The Lucksmiths. Guitar pop at its best.

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Favorite Summer Tune

APhoboken71

The Long Goodbye is one of those perfect power pop songs that stays with you and makes you want to just keep hitting repeat.

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eMusic Selects: Army Navy

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

When we last left Army Navy in 2008, they had released an attention-grabbing, hook-laden bright-n-shiny debut, were racking up placements in high-profile films and seemed to be on a trajectory aimed decidedly upward. But plenty can happen in three years, as it turns out: in the wake of their debut's modest success, Army chief Justin Kennedy found himself swept up in a whirlwind relationship, the kind that kills at the same time as it thrills.… more »